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March 17, 2023
Contact: Lee Ziesche, info@publicpowerny.org, 954-415-6228

“Governor Hochul, it’s in your hands.”

Public Power NY unveils billboard demanding full Build Public Renewables Act

governor hochul, i'ts in your hands billboard

Albany, New York – Public Power NY, a statewide coalition advocating for the passage of the Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA), the nation’s biggest climate bill, unveiled a massive billboard ad that pins the fate of the bill, and the state, on Governor Kathy Hochul. 

With some version of the bill on the verge of passing in the state budget on April 1, the billboard buy is part of a full-court press by the coalition to ensure BPRA isn’t watered-down.The coalition has also prepared additional ads, a second billboard up soon. 

Hochul put public power on the negotiating table when she included a bare bones version of BPRA in her executive budget proposal in early February. The State Assembly and Senate rejected Hochul’s BPRA-lite this week, and support a version with a mandate to build and nation leading labor, accountability, and environmental justice standards that Hochul gutted. 

“Governor Hochul, our future is in your hands,” said Lizzy Oh, Public Power NY Coordinator. “The clock is ticking. New Yorkers can’t wait for clean air, affordable utility bills and a truly just transition with union jobs. We need to pass the full Build Public Renewables Act now to build towards a livable future.”


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About Public Power NY

The Public Power NY Coalition is a statewide movement of community and advocacy organizations, and thousands of New Yorkers fighting to pass the Build Public Renewables Act, the nation’s biggest climate bill. It will enable New York to unleash the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest public power provider, to build publicly owned, 100% renewable energy; slash energy costs for those who need it most; and create tens of thousands of green union jobs that will finally unionize the green energy sector. The bill is endorsed by unions representing over 1 million members in New York including 1199SEIU, NYSUT, PSC-CUNY, UUP, and UAW 9A.